Languages in the primary classroom
Two day workshop: 22 - 23 June 2017
This two-day workshop will bring together researchers, practitioners and policy-makers to
investigate and report on the teaching and learning of languages in the primary school. Our
focus will be on the symbiotic relationship between research and practice, how research should
support teaching and how teaching should feed into research.
Distinguished Speaker Series:
Professor Annick De Houwer (University of Erfurt)
The earlier, the better? A real life perspective on early bilingual
development and its implications for later language learning: 25 April 2016
It is often claimed that all 'normally developing' children reach 'full'
proficiency in their first language. This claim ignores the fact that
children with two first languages often develop high levels of proficiency
in only one of their languages, and not in the other. They may even show
signs of language attrition before they reach primary school. Such findings
challenge the notion that being exposed to a language early in life
automatically leads to successful language learning.
In my talk, I will explore other reasons besides learner age that can
explain early successful language learning (or the lack of it). Based on
these, I will formulate implications for successful language learning later
The talk will take place from 5-6pm, followed by a reception from 6-7pm.
All are welcome.
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The role of interaction in language
development and loss throughout the lifespan
One day workshop: 26 April 2016
Social interaction is an intrinsic aspect of what makes us human, and
language, both first (L1) and additional (L2) languages, is learned amidst
communication exchanges where linguistic evidence is made available.
The study and examination of the linguistic environment in general and the
role of interaction as a component of that environment, in particular, have been
a matter of great interest, controversy and debate for decades. However, the
precise role, nature, contribution and relationship between interaction and
language learning, development and loss remain elusive.
This innovative workshop aims to provide a unique opportunity for
participants and leading experts from diverse theoretical perspectives to
discuss a range of key issues relating to the role of interaction in language
development and loss throughout the lifespan.
Call for papers and programme
Subject to availability, preferential rates are available at
Wivenhoe House Hotel
(located at our Colchester Campus) and the
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Book your place
This workshop is £30, and £15 for students.
Book your place now. The deadline for registration is 15 April
2016. If you have any questions, email